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Goedhuis, July 2021
This South African Chardonnay is produced from vines planted nearly 400 metres above sea-level in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. The cooler climate and ancient glacial soils give a wine that echoes its Burgundian counterparts. We love the 2019 which has a wonderful nose of fresh lemons, smoke, crushed rocks, hazelnuts and sea spray. It is bright and energetic with a mineral streak running through. The thoughtfully integrated oak gives beautiful texture and depth. Impressively focused.
Located in the Hemel-en-Aaarde region (heaven on earth), this boutique winery was established in 2004 by Kevin and Hanli Grant. Together they craft high-quality, artisanal wines from a beautiful stretch of vines sandwiched between the Babylon’s Tower mountain range and the South Atlantic Ocean. The name Ataraxia is Greek for ‘tranquillity’ and, for winemaker Kevin, this is the feeling drinking a great wine should inspire. The cooler climate and ancient glacial soils give New World wines with a stylistic nod to the Old World.
The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley is a ward within the Walker Bay district of South Africa. Meaning 'Heaven on Earth', this beautiful valley has the Cape's highest proprtion of Pinot Noir. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc also flourish here thanks to the cooling influence of the Atalantic to the South and the Babylon mountains to the North. Ancient glacial soils make this region a geological wonder capable of producing hugely complex wines.